Christina Jervey, Jewelry Genius

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Charleston’s jewelry designing scene is exploding, but there are a few veterans that are well known in their industry.  Christina Jervey is one of the leaders in the local scene that has been making her jewelry for several years now.  Her textured, organic wearable works of art are inspired by nature and are one of a kind.  Using sterling silver and 14k gold her jewelry spans from the daintiest diamond ring to thick bold cuffs.

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Other than her online shop you can find her designs at Maris DeHart, The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place,  Gwynn’s, and The Resort Shop.  She also recently opened up her studio downtown at 58 Broad on the second floor where you can peruse her collection and watch her do her metal smithing. Christina Jervey’s talent is recognized beyond Charleston and has been featured in national publications such as Southern Living, Garden and Gun, InStyle, Lucky, and Redbook.

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Christina Jervey has been focusing on her custom pieces and fine jewelry.  Whether she is creating a wedding ring or repurposing a family heirloom, Christina delivers a unique and modern twist to traditional design.

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Tune into Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am to see more of Christina Jervey’s jewelry and hear about her story.  This Fashion Friday is all about local jewelry designers so you don’t want to miss out!

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Top by Gracia $76 from Tres Carmen // Cropped pants by Style & Co. $29.99 from Macy’s // Salinda pointy toe pumps $49.99 from Nine West // Sparkle Power Sunglasses by Dot Dash $28.80 from Amazon // Fish leather clutch by Erika Lynn $300 from Henry & Eva // Wave Hoop Earrings $175, Open Cuff $295, Granulated Cuff $495, Coral Cuff $375, Diamond 6 prong ring setting starts at $2,200, Love Knot 14k ring $195, Textured band 14k $425, Diamond Eternity ring 14k gold $2,100, and Signet ring 14k gold plate $175 all by Christina Jervey

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at Andaz Savannah

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Doing the Dewberry

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A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of touring the new Dewberry Hotel with Skirt! Mag.  It was so much fun meeting with some of my favorite girls –  Holly McGetrick of Dandy Boutique, Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender, Libby Williams of Plate South, and Jenny Dennis the publisher of Skirt! Mag.  Located on Meeting Street across Marion Square, the former federal building that sat vacant for many years is now transformed into a mid-century modern luxury hotel.

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We met Mr. John Dewberry himself, who went in great detail how is love for modern architecture and preservation of southern influences were important elements to the design of the hotel. After the tour we sampled the menu at their retro French inspired brasserie, Henrietta’s.  The traditional dishes with a contemporary twist hit the spot, and the presentation and service was on point!

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Mr. Dewberry commissioned WORSTEAD to design the interiors, lighting and furniture throughout the hotel. The New York–Charleston based company also incorporated some vintage furniture to keep the look authentic. Some of the original elements of the building such as the marble walls and floors were maintained, melding perfectly with the new design. Original art work by one of the South Carolina’s most prolific modern artists, William Halsey, can be seen throughout the lobby and bar area.

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There is even a place to shop at The Fieldshop, which carries a curated selection of goods by Garden and Gun Magazine.  Croghan’s Jewel Box also has their fine jewelry and Goldbugs on display in a beautiful vitrine as you walk towards the lounge area. The Charleston Weekender, aka Liz Martin, and I can’t pass up a good photo op, especially when it’s in front of the coolest maps of Charleston.

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As Charleston keeps on making it to the Top 10 list of places to live and visit on planet Earth,  we have raised the bar on stylish accommodations in the South. Whether your looking for a staycation that makes you feel like you’ve totally escaped to another world, or your just looking for a chic place to grab a drink and eat, you have to check out The Dewberry!

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Wearing a stretch knit jacuard sheath dress by Leo & Sage $395 // 14k pearl marquis hoop earrings $575, 18k diamond cluster ring by Singlestone $13,500, Reto Goldbug link bracelet $350, 14k .03ct diamond tahition pearl cuff $1,370, gold plated topaz Niko ring by Elizabeth & James $150 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Louis Vuitton handbag and Chanel booties from The Trunk Show // Sunglasses from See Eyewear // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul $199

Jenny, Holly, Liz’s wardrobe: Clothing from Dandy Boutique, Eyewear from See Eyewear

Photography by Libby Williams, Hairstylist: Kaleno Doo at Stella Nova Hair Salon

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Fall Forward

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Fiona maxi dress by On the Road $106 from House of Sage // Bralette by COsabella $52 fromBits of Lace // Suede booties by Jeffrey Campbell $180 from  Shoes on King // Hat by San Diego Hat Company $96.25 // Madison ring $295, Chloe wide bad ring with amethyst $395, Rachel beaded chain necklace $155, and horseshoe necklace $70 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at Zero George

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Keeping it Fresh at Freshfields

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Kiawah is pretty hopping these days thanks to Freshfields Village. The shopping and dining destination is also a venue for fun outdoor events such as car shows, movies, live music, and a Sip and Stroll that is happening every 3rd Thursday in October, November, and December.

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It seems like a new shop is opening every other month and Freshfield’s newest additions are a perfect compliment to their existing boutiques.  Women’s clothing boutiques like Tres Carmen, Scout & Molly’s, Dolittle’s for the pets, and preppy purveyor Vineyard Vines for the whole family are the new stores that are giving people more of a reason to drive out to Kiawah to shop.

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Some of the other boutiques like J. McLaughlin are established brands that have stores across the U.S.  I love this navy dress that I’m wearing from there, it’s the perfect summer to fall piece that I can layer when the temps cool off.  The jewelry is by Peyton William, a jewelry store by designer Gabrielle Egan who opened her Kiawah outpost a couple of years ago to expand her downtown reach. The shoes and bag are from Holly & Brooks, an accessory shop that always has something for everyone.

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A trip out to Freshfields Village wouldn’t be complete without a meal at La Tela Pizzeria. This place is worth the drive just to come out to eat there.  Their home made pastas and mouthwatering pizzas are some artisanal goodness that can’t be duplicated.  Being located on Kiawah, they source their vegetables right from local John’s Island farmers for the freshest ingredients you can get.  And the service is always top notch!

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My go to dishes are the Warm Butternut Squash Salad and the Eggplant Pizza, which is beyond when you top it with the homemade tomato sauce.  This time around I had to try the mussels with the pesto alfredo sauce that was made to dip bread in.

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So if your looking to escape the hustle and bustle, Freshfields Village is your answer.  Spend the day or just a few hours to get your food and shop on!

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Robin Dress by J. McLaughlin $225, Olenna taupe shoes by Andre Assous $219 and Regan satchel tote by Rebecca Minkoff $325 from Holly & Brooks,  Victoria Chain Collection 36″ Vermeil $195, Branch Cuff Vermeil (cast) $150, Chasity Ring Chalcedony set in Vermeil 26cts $795, Vivianne Stacking Rings set of 3 in Vermeil $150, Cassidy Statement Earring features Chalcedony, Tourmaline and Rose Chalcedony set in Vermeil $350 all from Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams

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Raising the Barre

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If you’ve seen me lately you’ve probably heard me talk about taking barre classes and how obsessed I am with them.  I just started a couple of weeks ago at Barre Evolution, and it’s changed my life.  I’ve done everything from kickboxing, to spinning, to body pump, to pilates, to yoga; and thankfully to all that experience in the gym, it’s given me a better appreciation of barre.  What’s so different about barre than any other workout is less is more.  By just using your core and tiny movements you can target certain areas of your body to firm, shape, and strengthen.

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The origins of barre come from ballet, but you don’t have to be an experienced dancer to get the hang of it.  If you’ve done pilates or yoga the learning curve is a little easier.  With focus on core strength and lots of plank poses, you’ll be feeling the burn in no time.  The tiny one inch movements are just what you need for your body to get a good work out without lifting heavy weights.

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The owners Nancy and Nicole opened up their 1st studio 6 years ago and they now have 4 studios between West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, and Greenville.  The awesome thing about Barre Evolution is that they’re all about supporting their local community. They have a BE Local Love program where they encourage donations and promote awareness for their nonprofit of the month.  They’ve worked with local charities like The Center for Women, Charleston Parks Conservatory, The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Dee Norton Children’s Center, and Pethelpers to name a few.

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So far I’ve loved every class and instructor I’ve had and I can’t wait to experience their outdoor pop-up classes that take have taken place in Shem Creek, the beach, and hopefully a SUP boarding one in the works.  Another part that I love about coming to class is that I end up shopping their sweet selection of athleisure wear. They have some the coolest leggings I’ve seen in a while, and now I’m proud to wear my outfit out post workout.

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For me working out is not to necessarily lose weight, but to firm, tone, and strengthen.  Above all having one hour to myself in my hectic schedule is priceless and that’s why working out is so important to me. Being self-employed it’s so easy to start working as soon as I wake up until after my kids go to sleep, and in that hour I can totally disconnect from technology or any stress in my life.  So whether your a fellow entrepreneur or your punching that clock, take a moment for you.  Do yourself a favor and try Barre Evolution to get your fitness on and tell them the Curator sent you!

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Photography by Libby Williams

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Lilla P Local

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I’m so excited to partner up with Lilla P over the weekend for an Instagram takeover!  Follow me here to see some of my favorite spots in Charleston.  The owner Pauline Nakios of Lilla P is a Charleston native so I thought it would be great to introduce the new Charleston that is enjoyed by both locals and visitors. Her clothing line is sold to more than a few shops around town, but people are still surprised to find out that it’s designed by a local.  I could totally live in Lilla P all day because it’s comfortable, effortless, and chic all at the same time.

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The first stop was at Zero George, the quaint but luxury boutique hotel where you can experience that quintessential Charleston vibe.  Tucked away on George Street near East Bay, the historic cluster of houses have posh rooms that make you feel like you’ve totally escaped from the hustle and bustle.   They also have these cute bikes for their guests, which are the best way to tour the city.  If your a foodie, then the Zero George Cafe and Bar is on the top of my list for a culinary experience that’s always top notch.  Chef Vinson Petrillo also offers cooking classes if you want to take that experience home.  They also offer other unique experiences such as photography lessons, sunset harbor excursions, and even a curated shopping tour with me!  That’s right, I take the guests to some of my favorite local shops that are sometimes off the beaten path.  What better way to experience a city than to shop like a local.

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So follow along to see where I take you next on the #LillaPLocal takeover!

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Shirting Easy Dolman Blouse by Lilla P $164 // Jeans by Just Black Denim $62 from 7 Gypsy // Fedora hat by San Diego Hat Company $26 from Zappos // Puma by Rihanna Creeper in Camo $140 from Sneaker // Rae earrings by Half United $35 from Be the Change Boutique // Chloe wide bad ring with amethyst $395 and horseshoe necklace $70 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at Zero George

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The Sustainable Daughter

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There’s nothing like a foodie adventure especially when you have to travel a little bit to get there.  A couple of weeks ago I headed to The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island with my girl Libby of Plate South.   This place is not your typical beach fare with fried seafood and french fries (not that I don’t love that too), it’s got that farm to table freshness with a rustic twist.

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Everything is sustainable, eco-friendly, and so thoughtful at The Obstinate Daughter – from the decor, food, and their daily practices, no detail is overlooked.  The light fixtures are made of recycled cardboard and the wood siding on the walls were salvaged from barns in North Carolina.  The vegetables are always in season because they are sourced from local farms and they compost everything, leaving no food waste behind. To top it all off they are one of the only few certified green restaurants in South Carolina.

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My all time favorite starter is the Obstinate Flatbread with olive oil, Bulls Bay sea salt, and butterbean puree. It’s for sharing, but I could eat this all up by myself!  My favorite salad is the Roasted Beets on house made ricotta with pistachios, microgreens and horseradish pomegranate molasses.  This is a beet lovers dream. I can’t forget to mention that their cocktails are on tap, so you can keep those drinks flowing.

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The best thing about my outfit is that most of what I’m wearing is also sustainable and eco-friendly too.  This has got to be one of my favorite clothing pieces to date thanks to Plante Clothing.  The sister design duo Leah and Becky Plante are Charleston natives who now design and manufacture their clothing in Brooklyn, NY.  These Charleston Fashion Week alums are nature enthusiasts which you can clearly see in their prints and designs. They reduce their waste by avoiding over cuts, and they even donate their extra material to educational nonprofits.

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This watch is by Berg and Betts and they use designer scrap leather to produce their high quality straps for their chic watches. The bag is by local designer HR Deneau and she uses scrap wood and leather for her one of a kind modern-day luxe bags.  Both can be found at Charleston’s new local shop Maris Dehart.  The rings from Gold Creations are so gorgeous I just had to stack them.  They have the best cocktail rings in town!

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This necklace is by Penh Lenh, a Cambodian based company that reinvests 100% of their sales back to their social mission.   Each piece of jewelry is made by at-risk women and they are empowered through education and employment. I discovered them at Be the Change Boutique where every brand they they carry donates to charity.  How cool is that?!  View more to see more yummy dishes and outfit details.

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“Breeze top” $246 and “Heather Jogger pant” $348 by Plante Clothing // “Rosay” sunglasses $39.99 by Nectar // Ombre tassel necklace by Penh Lenh $96 from Be The Change Boutique // “Drew” crossbody bag $380 by HR Deneau and Berg + Betts watch $128 from Maris Dehart // 14K Yellow Gold Woven Link Bracelet $1,445, 18K Rose Gold 2.2ct Smokey Quartz over Mother of Pearl and 3.96ct Citrine over Mother of Pearl $3,000, 14K Rose Gold Twisted Rope Band $350, 14K Rose Gold Hammered Band $260, 14K Rose Gold Ridged Band $195, 18K Yellow Gold 10.3ct White Topaz over Mother of Pearl set with 0.18cttw Diamonds $2,500, 14K Yellow Gold Earthquake Bolt Earrings $210 all from Gold Creations // Shoes by Phillip Lim from Hampden Clothing

Photography by Libby Williams

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Fall Florals

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Dress by ASTR $120 from 7 Gypsy // Hat $104.50 by San Diego Hat Company // Myer suede booties by Corso Como $159 from Zappos // Madison ring $295, Chloe wide bad ring with amethyst $395, Rachel beaded chain necklace $155, To the Moon necklace with sapphires $125 and horseshoe necklace $70 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at Zero George

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Duster Duty

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Lace Bodysuit by Cosabella $99, Lace/Cotton Bralette by B.Up $50 from Bits of Lace // Logan Vest $348 by Three Dots // Pants by Emily and Fin $75 from Dandy Boutique // Blue Hydro Corundum set with .45cttw Blue Topaz and .38cttw Diamonds in 14K White Gold ring $2,400 from Gold Creations // Micro Mackie Tote Purple $995.00 by Taxidermy, Paula hammered cuffs $225 and $250 by Ash Hoffman, Chloe wide band $395, Maria diamond ring $175, and Shatki beaded necklace $120 all by Ash Hoffmanand Berg + Betts watch $128 from Maris Dehart // Starling sunglasses by Dot Dash $22.50 from Amazon //  Audrey Sandal by Sam Edelman $54.99 at 6pm

Photography by Libby Williams

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Perfectly Park Cafe

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I love it when date night is on a Tuesday, and I especially love it when I’m joined by Plate South for another foodie adventure.  Last week my husband Gus, Libby, and I didn’t know how much of a treat we were in for when we dined at Park Cafe.  This place is always on the top of my list for breakfast and deal making so I was excited to finally try their dinner menu.

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My work to date night dress was compliments of Leo & Sage, a newish clothing brand by Pauline Nakios of Lilla P fame. Her classic meets modern minimalism aesthetic seems to always suit my lifestyle, and I know I’ll be wearing this little number all through the fall and winter months.  The Rattlesnake rib ring and Eucalyptus leaves cuff is by Gogo Jewelry, a Cumberland Island jewelry brand. The designer Janet ‘Gogo’ Ferguson is inspired by the beach creatures and plants that dwell on the island.  She even uses found animal bones and casts them in metal for a truly authentic look.

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Now let’s get down to business, foodie business.  Park Cafe is nestled in the Hampton Park neighborhood, so you get the total local feel and service.  Everything on their menu is sourced from local farmers and every dish is simple, never overcomplicated.

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It’s always a good sign when there’s Burrata on the menu, and this one was extra extra special. Nestled on top of house made pesto and topped with tomato jam, walnuts and a side of charred bread, I savored every morsel.

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Xan McLaughlin, the operating partner and wine connoisseur paired every course with the perfect wine.  It was a school night so I had to go easy, but I fully enjoyed this refreshing beverage, cheers!

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I’m such a salad person and when tomatoes are in season, why not pile it on?  The Seasonal House Salad made with fresh local tomatoes and peaches, micro baby basil and toasted croutons, served over their house made ricotta and drizzled with olive oil was just what the doctor ordered.  View more to see the rest of the scrumptious dishes and outfit details.

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Stretch knit cut out dress by Leo & Sage $448 //Rattlesnake rib ring in 14k gold $525 and Eucalyptus leaves cuff $75 by Gogo Jewelry  // Earrings by Elizabeth & James $125 Croghan’s Jewel Box // Oval ring by Soko $54 from Be the Change Boutique // Sunglasses from See Eyewear // Bag by Louis Vuitton and shoes by Gucci from The Trunk Show // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul $199

Photography by Libby Williams

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Cryo-date

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I’m a huge fan of Germain Dermatology and the groundbreaking services that they offer. I started going to them a few years ago when I had issues with my skin and I love using their custom skincare products and taking advantage of their skin rejuvenating procedures. So when they invited me to try out their new Cryosauna and Cryofacial I was intrigued and had to try it out.

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Before I went in for my treatment, the expert on hand – Mel filled me in on all the amazing benefits. Whole Body Cryotherapy is a systemic anti-inflammatory treatment involving skin exposure to ultra-low temperatures for a brief controlled time. When the skin is exposed to those temperatures (-140 to -150 degrees Celsius) the blood vessels then release anti-inflammatory proteins that go to any inflamed area in the body. The treatment is dry and tolerable and lasts for 1.5-3 minutes.  They give you a robe to enter the chamber but you have to strip down to just a pair of gloves, socks, and slippers so your extremities are protected.  I’m a wimp when it comes to cold temperatures so I’m surprised I stood in the chamber for almost 3 minutes! The body also releases endorphins and it boosts your metabolism (burning up to 800 calories over the next 48 hours after one treatment). After one treatment I had a burst of energy that lasted with me the entire day.  I felt both relaxed and ready to tackle my usual hectic schedule.

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Cryotherapy can also help with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal injuries, autoimmune and other inflammatory disorder, skin disorders such as dermatitis and psoriasis, skin aging, skin elasticity, and cellulite, athletic performance, weight management, depression, and post surgical recovery.   The cost is $65 and well worth it if you are having any of these issues.

If your a busy person on the go and you want to see fast results, the Cryofacial is where it’s at!  A controlled beam of vaporized liquid nitrogen is used to cool the skin of the face, scalp, and neck area. During these super hot days of 90 + temps, this treatment is a real treat!  The 10-12 minute facial is $45 and is great for pore reduction while collagen production is stimulated.  Because of this the skin tightens and wrinkles are reduced.

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 Toxins in the skin are reduced by increasing blood flow and when treating the scalp: hair growth is stimulated, by increasing blood flow. It also reduces inflammation and puffiness of the skin.  The most visible difference that I saw was my the disappearance of the dark circle under my eyes.  I’ve heard a lot of models pop in to get a Cryofacial right before a photoshoot so their skin can look flawless, and now I see why.  The other great thing is that you can still wear makeup while you get the facial. Perfect if you need to squeeze in a quickie facial in the middle of the day.

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  I totally recommend the Cryotherapy treatment if you want to see and feel results.  It’s refreshing and rejuvenating, and totally convenient because Germain takes walk-ins for these treatments.  Now go experience the chill factor and tell them the Curator sent you!

Jumpsuit from 7 Gypsy, necklace by Kate Davis Jewelry

Photography and Videography by Terrence Edwards of Current Visuals

Puppy Playdate


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A little puppy playdate is always a good idea, especially when it’s at the newly beautified Colonial Lake. The Charleston Weekender and I took advantage of the sunny skies and got our dogs together for the perfect afternoon.

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There’s always a reason to cheers when you live in a place like Charleston!

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Tie neck blouse $48, The Cat’s Meow Satchel $42 at Dandy Boutique // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $29.95, Ring by Rebel Designs $42.50, Hat $42 and Dog collars $58 and leashes $62 by Found My Animal from Maris Dehart // Suede shoes by French Sole $210 from Shoes on King 

The Charleston Weekender wears Red Dappled Dandelion Blouse $68, Typist in Teal Mini Skirt $48, Grumpy Pup Purse $38 at Dandy Boutique // Hat from Charleston Krewe // Charleston Rice Beads from Candy Shop Vintage // 14kt Goldbug studs from Crohan’s Jewel Box // Maddie wears a collar and leash fromCharleston Krewe // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $29.95 from Henry & Eva // “Monday Blues” Turkish Towel from The Charleston Weekender

Photography by Clifford Pate

Leave Your Inhibitions at Prohibition

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Prohibition on Upper King is one of my favorite haunts to chow down at. The speakeasy decor gives it a rustic feel like it’s been there for ages, but the food and drinks are anything but traditional.  I met up with my girl Libby of Plate South for our weekly food romp and we shared pretty much every appetizer on the menu.

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If there’s Shishito peppers on the menu I’ll order it!  This guacamole with blistered shishito peppers give it a nice kick, and you can’t beat the house made lime oil corn chips.

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The back porch area is a hidden gem.  Murals of Charleston’s heyday in the 20’s are painted on the fence.  The city has been having it’s moment and we’re going to have to start calling it the roaring 2000’s.

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I always love to mix the old with the new, and tonight was a total casual hi-lo moment (no pun intended with the shirt). Between the shirt, bracelet, sunglasses, and necklace the cost was under $200 at Maris Dehart.  The splurge would be the handmade custom HR Deneau clutch, which is also from Maris Dehart. We’ve all seen the jogger/pant/jeans situation, but have you seen a pair of distressed ones?  These by Vintage Havana are only $62 at House of Sage and are the softest things your skin will touch.  That being said, these are jeans you want to sleep in.  The Jeffrey Campbell shoes I scooped up at  Shoes on King for their epic 70% sale, so they were only $60!

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My new favorite go to place for accessories at an affordable price is Be the Change Boutique, plus every brand donates to a charity!  The stackable rings (which are only $37.99 each!) are by The Shine Project, which employs inner city youth so they can go to college.  The earrings are also from Be the Change Boutique and are only $41.  They’re made by Soko, a company that gives fair wages to their Kenyan artisans. You’ll be seeing me wear a lot of their designs around town.

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Ok, let’s get back to the food, because the dishes were something to rave about.  You know that anything with truffles in it is going to be divine!  The Black Winter Truffle Risotto with oyster mushrooms, a poached egg, and parmesan was on another level.  It was some decadent creamy goodness!  Some of my other favorites were the Ceviche, Roasted Cauliflower, and Heirloom Tomato and Melon Salad with house made Ricotta.

This is both my go-to late night dinner spots and brunch time with the family.  I love that I never have to wait for a table and the service is always good.  I can’t wait to get my brunch on at Prohibition this fall.  It’s the perfect place to feel all warm and cozy with the people that you love.

View more to indulge in some of the other delish dishes we devoured.

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Photography by Libby Williams

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A Dog Day Afternoon

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Today is National Dog Day and what better way to show off my doxies Roxy & Pepper and have a puppy date with The Charleston Weekender.  I know I’ve been a bad doxie mom and I haven’t shown them off more, but shooting with dogs is more work than people think.  Making sure I look decent for the camera is one thing, but getting my girls Roxy and Pepper to look at the camera and walk in the same direction is another story.  These fun pics make it so worth it, I love my furry baby girls!

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Charleston is a very dog friendly town and Queen Street Grocery is no exception.  Not only do they carry an impressive wine selection with curated food and drinks, but they serve up some of the best crepes in town.  No doubt this neighborhood haunt is frequented by locals, but the carriage tours that ride pass  it every few minutes makes it a Charleston institution.

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Liz, aka The Charleston Weekender, and I had a blast getting our girls together for some adventure on Queen Street.  Even her little King Charles Spaniel Maddie got social with a horse pulling a carriage full of tourists.

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Roxy and Pepper’s collars and leashes are by Found My Animal at Maris Dehart.  The Brooklyn based dog accessory company was inspired to make their collars and leashes from their rescue dogs.  The nautical inspired line supports animal rescue organizations all over the country.  Each dog tag is individually numbered, representing the amount of animals that have been helped so far.

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I’m a die hard dachshund lover, and if you ever meet a dachshund owner they will say the say the same.  We’re like a cult and when we see anything with a weiner dog on it, we’ll buy it.  It’s almost impossible to find dachshunds at a shelter, but it was important for me and my husband to find ours that needed a loving home, so we waited for the right time.  We were lucky enough to get Roxy (the redhead) 11 years ago from an owner that could not take care of her anymore.  She was my 1st baby and still is.  Then we adopted Pepper (the black and tan dapple) from Charleston Animal Society a few years later.  Like children, you never get two dogs with the same personalities. Roxy is my easy laid back child, and Pepper is my crazy wild child.

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Top by Yala BambooDreams $62, earrings by Ann Paige $15, sunglasses by Blue Planet $39.95, and rings by Melinda Maria from Henry & Eva // “Barely Bell” jeans by Kling $72 and “Best Bitches” necklace $45 from Dandy Boutique // Shoes by Kendall & Kylie $199 from Shoes on King // Dog collars $58 and leashes $62 by Found My Animal and nail polish in “Dancehall Days” by Odeme from Maris Dehart

The Charleston Weekender wears a scarf and hat from Charleston Krewe // Charleston Rice Beads from Candy Shop Vintage // 14kt Goldbug studs from Crohan’s Jewel Box // Maddie wears a collar and leash from Charleston Krewe // Canvas “Escape” Weekender bag from The Charleston Weekender

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at Queen Street Grocery

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Triple Date Night at Lee Lee’s

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Going out to eat is one of my favorite activities in this town, and doing it with my friends is even better!  My friend Liz Martin, aka The Charleston Weekender, invited me along with her husband Jonathan, my hubby, and our good friends Daniel Velasco and his hubby Tim Newborn to eat at Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen.  It was a night full of great food and drinks and laughs all the way through.  Thank God they put us in their private dining room in the back, because we were a loud, rowdy bunch.

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This is my best fall outfit in Charleston’s scorching August temps.  Too hot to even think about putting on pants, I opted for this cropped top and shorts from 7 Gypsy.  My new favorite vintage snakeskin bag was only $38 at Groove Girl, a gem of a shop that carries consignment and vintage in Mt. Pleasant.  The sunnies are by Nectar, a local sunglass brand that carries the raddest shades at affordable prices.  The vintage necklace and scarab ring are from Candy Shop Vintage, the best boutique in town if your looking for both vintage and vintage inspired jewelry. The oval ring is by Soko, a company that gives fair wages to their Kenyan artisans, and is carried at Be the Change Boutique.  And these navy lace up shoes by BC Footwear, well they’re my new favorites and will be making a regular appearance on my blog.

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Weekdays with the Weekender is always a good idea.

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Love date nights with my hubby Gustavo, especially when it’s in company with other adorable couples.  View more to see catch a glimpse of our delicious dishes at one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in town.

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Shirt by ASTR the Label $75 and shorts by Moon River $69 from  7 Gypsy // Vintage necklace $45 and scarab ring from Candy Shop Vintage // Oval ring by Soko $54 from Be the Change Boutique // Vintage snakeskin bag $38 from Groove Girl // Vivacious Dress Pump in Indigo $28.46 by BC Footwear from Amazon // “Rosay” sunglasses $39.99 by Nectar

Photography by Jennifer Collins

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Parlay Deluxe

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Kid and parent friendly restaurants can be tough to find downtown, but Parlor Deluxe is one of those exceptions.  Known for their gourmet hot dogs, fancy tater tots and artisanal ice cream, this place is a hit with both kids and adults.  Right before school started Libby Williams of Plate South invited me and my boys for a lunch date.  The retro cool spot on the corner of Spring and St. Phillip is the perfect place to go if you need some delicious food on the fly.  As you parents know, getting food quick for your kids is necessary.

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I was excited to sport my new favorite skirt made out of African wax print by Francis & Benedict. They’re a local company that supports the community of Togo, Africa by giving women jobs as seamstresses so they can support their families.  I’ve been sporting my Yas Kween necklace pretty much everyday and it’s made by local jewelry designer Natalie Clapp of Silkbone Jewels.  I always get a laugh or a smile when people see me wear it.  I never knew how much I needed a pair of navy shoes until I got these BC Footwear lace up heels.  They’ll be making lots of appearances on my blog in the next few months.

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Since I don’t eat real hotdogs I opted for the “Not Dog” which is a cooked carrot topped with a mushroom chili, cheese, and a green garnish.  This little number always hits the spot!  My boys got regular dogs, but the bun they serve it on is anything but ordinary.  Mateo and Sebastian got the Cookie Monster ice cream which had Oreos and cookie dough in it.  Pretty much a home run with any kid if they like cookies and ice cream.

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I don’t know where I find the room, but I went for the Blackberry + Poppyseed and Fig + Lemongrass ice cream.  So worth it!

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No food shoot would be complete without some behind the scenes pics with my phone.  This fun iphone case is by Stone by Stone at Dandy Boutique.

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I’m one of those boring people where once I find my dish on the menu, I have to order it every time I go back. I’m looking forward to having my carrot dog again soon but I might venture out and have the Cookie Monster ice cream for myself at Parlor Deluxe.

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Tank top from Shirtini // African wax print skirt $68 by Francis & Benedict // Gudli beaded necklace $35 from Roberta Roller Rabbit // Yas Kween custom necklace $40 by Silkbone Jewels // Beaded bracelet by Chavez for Charity $11 from Henry & Eva // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul$199 // Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // Bar Ring $150 and Triangle Ring $150 by Naked Eyes Jewelry // Rae earrings by Half United $35 from Be the Change Boutique // Vivacious Dress Pump in Indigo $28.46 by BC Footwear from Amazon // Sunglasses $18 and Stone by Stone iphone case $85 from Dandy Boutique // Lipstick in Some Like it Hot by ABP makeup $22

Photography by Libby Williams

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Courtyard Cue

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Tie Sleeve Top by Nina Ricca $850, Gardham Trouser by Roksanda $985, Le Specs
Nefertiti Sunglasses in Blush $119 from Hampden Clothing // Goldbug Heart Pendant $180, gold plated pearce twist ring with white topaz $135 and gold plated Serra Signet ring with sapphire by Elizabeth & James $110 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Puma X Fenty slides in pink $90 from Sneaker

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Blue Jean Baby

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Montara All-In-One Jumpsuit by M.i.h. Jeans $425, Star Sailor in Gold with Crazy Tort sunglasses by Karen Walker $325 from Hampden Clothing // Puma by Rihanna Creeper in Camo $140 from Sneaker // 14k gold rope chain $2,500, gold plated ring with topaz by Elizabeth & James $125, and gold plated Serra Signet ring with sapphire by Elizabeth & James $110 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Wrap Star

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Dress by Mod Ref Clothing $78, Berg & Betts watch $125, Choker $278 and bangle $198 by Naked Eyes Jewelry, Layer Clutch by Ellia Wang $598, and hat all from Maris Dehart // Shoes by Derek Lam 10 Crosby from Shoes on King // Custom rings by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Clothing For a Cause

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It’s amazing how many fashion forward companies there are that are making a difference in the world. Be the Change Boutique has schooled me on all of their brands that give back to incredible causes all over the world and locally as well.  Starting with one of my favorite outfits here, I’m wearing 8 different brands that are providing jobs to people in poverty stricken countries to sustaining our environment here in the U.S. and beyond.

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The Chevron necklace and stacked rings are by Purpose Jewelry,  handmade by young women who have escaped modern day slavery – sex trafficking.  100% of the proceeds benefit International Sanctuary, a non profit that provides holistic care for these survivors. Through this program they implement mentoring programs, education, medical care, counseling and employment.  Thy have made a difference for over 300 women in Mumbai, India and Orange County, California.  Each piece of jewelry is also tagged and signed by the woman who made it.

Marrying style with sustainability, the We Wood watch is made by scrap wood and for every watch sold they plant a tree.  They have planted over 400,000 trees in the U.S., Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe.  Their goal is to plant 1 million trees within the next 4 years!

The arrow cuff is by Greenola Style, and their mission is to provide jobs to people in underdeveloped countries.  They also donate to SolidarityBridge.org, who support healthcare and education in Bolivia and Paraguay.

The black double bar ring and porcupine earrings are by Soko Jewelry, and they make the most modern accessories at such affordable prices. They work with artisans in Kenya to create their cutting edge ethical jewelry that is made from sustainable materials.  They also connect their artisans with digital technology, bridging the gap between the maker and the marketplace.

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This shirt is by Krochet Kids and they are empowering the women of Northern Uganda and Peru with skills and knowledge to bring themselves and their families out of poverty. Through this program they are providing jobs, education, and mentorship to their employees.  Each garment has a label that is signed by the person who made it, which makes you feel connected to this cause.

The beautiful skirt is from Artisan Apparel, which is providing jobs to women in Uganda. The vibrant African prints in the pencil and maxi skirt styles are one of a kind and are selling out with a quickness.

The shoes are by Sseko, a Uganda based company that makes fashion forward accessories, shoes, and handbags.  They encourage empowerment through their education driven mission, so women can go to a University and create a better life for themselves and their family.

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The leather bucket bag is by Fashionable, which manufactures in developing countries, forging a positive impact and creating jobs along the way.  They founded the company by providing jobs to women who escaped the commercial sex industry, and now work globally with women from diverse backgrounds who are looking for opportunity and a better way of life.

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You never have to feel guilty when you shop at Be the Change Boutique because you know your money is making a positive impact all over the world.  Now go purchase with a purpose and tell them the Curator sent you!

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Krochet Kids Piper Tee $33.95, Artisan Apparel African Pencil $49.99,  Purpose Jewelry Chevron Necklace $34.99, Purpose Jewelry Journey Ring $16.99,  Sseko Black D’Orsay shoes $89.99, WeWood Mimosa Black Watch $125, Greenola Norma Cuff $36.99, FashionAble Tadesse Bucket Bag $148.00, Soko Horn Double Bar Ring $69, Soko Porcupine Earrings $43

Photography by Clifford Pate

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